ArtLung posts tagged with robots ·
I’m pretty sure this is my second medical robot, the first was Baymax. 2-1B first appeared in the Star Wars universe in The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, caring for Luke post-wampa attack and then post-Darth Vader duel. Welcome! #NewBotDay
Ho Ho Ho! Look out it’s Robot Santa—who hails from the tv show Futurama and first appeared in 1999. He weighs four tons, and his standards for who is naughty or nice are too harsh. Robot Santa mostly decides you’re naughty and need to be blasted by his terrifying arsenal.
Starting the week off right with a new bot! Daitetsujin 17 (大鉄人17) is a battle robot from a 1977 tv show who defends Earth from Brain: Earth’s supercomputer that went rogue. Yes, we’ve been scared of computers a long time. Welcome Daitetsujin One-Seven!
NEW BOT MONDAY: Super Electromagnetic Machine Voltes V. My most favorite Bot of all. ボルテス are the first Japanese ideograms I ever copied onto paper. Predates Voltron, with which it is confused, by 6 or 7 years. Famously banned by the dictatorial Marcos regime because of revolutionary ideas. Beloved by Filipinos of a certain age. Voltes V is the bot that made me fall in love with bots. Those toys are too highly priced to buy, but this one is a fine interim purchase.
Kikaider (キカイダー) hails from 1972. Oftentimes I get suggestions from friends on bots I never heard of and I finally found an affordable Kikaider. Thanks @james47ag for inspiring today’s New Bot Monday!
Any trip I take may contain robot shopping. It seemed like our Virginia/Outer Banks trip would be an exception until on a whim I took us to the Virginia Beach Antique Mall where “The Toymeister” has a huge toys and collectibles section upstairs. Many robots and other toys, well curated, well cared for. Star Wars, vintage, TMNT, sports, action figures, dolls, Marvel, DC, it’s an impressive store well worth a visit.
New Bot Monday! Venus A [ビューナスA] is from the Mazinger universe circa 1975-ish. She’s a giant robot driven by biracial (Japanese/African-American) heroine Jun Hono. She drives the Venus Scrander that flies into the back of her head. Her hands-on-hips pose exemplifies her power!
New Bot Day! Raideen (勇者ライディーン) hails from 1975 Japanese tv. Like many of my bots I first encountered him in the Philippines. When I saw the Shogun Warriors back in the States I was happy they brought him over but mystified why they changed the spelling of his name to Raydeen. I picked up this superdeformed rendering of him at Q Pop Shop @qpopshop in Little Tokyo. #Raideen
SPACE BATTLE SPACE ROBOT was too tall for the collection, regrettably. Pretty good for a drugstore robot though. I believe I’ve made it clear I’m always low key robot hunting. Thankfully the rules for collecting are strict and I’m picky.
Blast From The Past in Burbank sure has some fun stuff for the middle-aged toy nerd. I walked out with the fellow on the left: Getter Liger. A late birthday gift to myself and quite nice. I already have an Iron Giant and for the price that little Cylon didn’t bowl me over. Such nice things!